PERMITTING TIPS

Finding information on building permits can be a tedious process, and when building a yurt the permit requirements may not always be clear. To make permitting in Hawai’i a little more manageable for yurt lovers, we’ve built a list of tips to answer some common questions asked during the first stages of permitting.

Ohana Yurts is not responsible for obtaining any permits on your behalf.

1) Many counties in Hawai’i require all plumbing and electrical work to be done by a licensed professional. If your yurt will need pipes or wire ran, know that pulling a permit and hiring a skilled tradesman will be necessary.

2) The building regulations for each county may vary. Furthermore, a land’s zoning may cause the exact steps of the permitting process to fluctuate. To ensure you are building legally within your county, take a look at our permitting tips for each county.

3) If your yurt does require a permit, be sure to carry any formal documentation regarding the construction process with you. This information should include, but is not limited to, building plans, intent of use, the building’s address, and more.

4) In most counties, if your yurt is intended as a guest area with a septic system, the drawings for the integration of that new system into the existing system must be drawn prior to requesting a permit.

5) Know what your intended usage is. Building a yurt as an additional bedroom will have a very different permitting process than building one as a storage area.

KAUAI

Kauai is a bit more lenient than its sister islands when it comes to permitting structures. For those of you considering purchasing a yurt for your space on Kauai, take a look at the permit exemptions below.

1) In the event your yurt will require a permit to be constructed, all permitting information can be found here. The contact information for Kauai County’s Buidling Department is:

County of Kauai – Department of Public Works
Building Division
4444 Rice Street, Suite 175
Lihue, Hawaii 96766-1340

2) In terms of new construction, what is the most square footage structure allowed without requiring a permit?

According to Kauai County’s Agricultural Department “Building Permits Minimum Checklist,” structures under 1,000 square feet may be built without a permit as long as they are not used as dwellings or lodgings. This is only applicable if the structure complies with local building and zoning codes. Additionally, pre-engineered non-residential structures (such as an ) over 1,000 square feet may also be constructed without a permit upon providing proper documentation. To view the full list of exemption requirements and other relevant information,

3) How do the regulations vary according to zoning?

The regulations and fees for permitting will vary according to county and local jurisdiction. For more information regarding zoning and building permits, contact the Kauai Public Works Building Division.

OAHU

 

These tips have been collected for yurt lovers interested in building on Oahu. We encourage you to contact the building permit center with specific questions regarding zoning, permit exemptions, and fee amounts.

1) The Honululu department of planning webpage may be found at http://www.honoluludpp.org/. This site may be used to recourse the building permit checklist, planning reports, and other online public building services.

2) How to obtain a building permit:
Go to the OBP website to obtain your permit online. If your permit is not able to be issued via the internet, submit an IBP application from the OBP website, then send to:

Building Permit Center-Fasi Municipal Building (FMB)
650 S. King St. (ground floor)
Phone: 768-8220

Building Permit Center-Kapolei Hale
1000 Uluohia St. (ground floor)
Phone: 768-3126

**Keep in mind additional permits may be needed to run electrical or plumbing in many areas.

3) For homeowners who are ready to built, but aren’t excited about going through the permitting process, have no fear! Our 12’ yurt does not require a permit on Oahu!

 

 

 

LANAI

Lanai falls under the jurisdiction of Maui County and its building regulations. The guidelines below are the county regulations for Lanai, however prior to beginning constuction it is recommended to consult with any local building jurisdictions.

1) In the event your yurt will require a permit to be constructed, all permitting information can be found here. The contact information for the Maui County Building Permits section is:

Building Permits Section
250 South High Street
Kalana Pakui Bldg, Room 110
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: (808) 270-7260

2) In terms of new construction, what is the most square footage structure allowed without requiring a permit?
According to 16.26B.105 – Section 105 amended, a single story detached structure may be built without a permit as long as it does not exceed 120 square feet. This means our 12’ yurt could be built without a permit!

3) How do the regulations vary according the the land’s zoning?
Building permits and their requirements will vary according to the land’s zoning. For more information regarding zoning and building permits, contact the Maui Building Permits Section.

 

 

 

MOLOKAI

1) In the event your yurt will require a permit to be constructed, all permitting and specific contact information can be found here. The general contact information for the Maui County Building Permits Section is:

Building Permits Section
250 South High Street
Kalana Pakui Bldg, Room 110
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: (808) 270-7260

2) In terms of new construction, what is the most square footage structure allowed without requiring a permit?

Because Molokai falls under Maui County, it falls under the same building requirments as Maui. According to 16.26B.105 – Section 105 amended, a single story detached structure may be built without a permit as long as it does not exceed 120 square feet. Our 12’ yurt totals to 113 square feet- a perfect structural choice for those building without a permit!

3) Do the regulations and fees associated with building permits vary according the the land’s zoning?

It is likely that the zoning of the land being built on will play a factor in whether a building permit is required, and if so, what the associated fees will be. For specific information, contact the Maui County Building Permits Section.

 

 

 

MAUI

Kauai is a bit more lenient than its sister islands when it comes to permitting structures. For those of you considering purchasing a yurt for your space on Kauai, take a look at the permit exemptions below.

1) In the event your yurt will require a permit to be constructed, all permitting information can be found here. The contact information for Kauai County’s Buidling Department is:

County of Kauai – Department of Public Works
Building Division
4444 Rice Street, Suite 175
Lihue, Hawaii 96766-1340

2) In terms of new construction, what is the most square footage structure allowed without requiring a permit?

According to Kauai County’s Agricultural Department “Building Permits Minimum Checklist,” structures under 1,000 square feet may be built without a permit as long as they are not used as dwellings or lodgings. This is only applicable if the structure complies with local building and zoning codes. Additionally, pre-engineered non-residential structures (such as an ) over 1,000 square feet may also be constructed without a permit upon providing proper documentation. To view the full list of exemption requirements and other relevant information,

3) How do the regulations vary according to zoning?

The regulations and fees for permitting will vary according to county and local jurisdiction. For more information regarding zoning and building permits, contact the Kauai Public Works Building Division.

 

 

 

BIG ISLAND

1) In the event your yurt will require a permit to be constructed, all permitting information can be found here. The contact information for the Hawai’i County Building Permits section is:

EAST HAWAI‘I:
Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 7,
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8331

WEST HAWAI‘I:
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg E, 1st Floor,
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 323-4720

2) In terms of new construction, what is the most square footage structure allowed without requiring a permit?
According to Hawai’I County’s Residential Permit Guidelines, a single story detached structure used as a storage area, playhouse, or other similar uses may be constructed without a building permit as long as it does not exceed 120 square feet in residential areas, or 600 square feet in agricultural areas.

3) How do the regulations vary according the the land’s zoning?
Building permits and their requirements will vary according to the land’s zoning. For more information regarding zoning and building permits, contact the Hawai’i Building Permits Section.